By: Claudette Riley, Springfield News-Leader
As a high school counselor, Amy Moran appreciates when teenagers trust her enough to confide their problems.
But, even when they do, she believes she's rarely the first to know.
"Teens are telling teens when there is an issue, when they are struggling," said Moran, who is stationed at Kickapoo High School. "They tell a friend first."
A pilot program aims to train high school students on how to respond — and get help — if they, or a friend, are having mental health issues.
Community Partnership of the Ozarks, in partnership with Springfield Public Schools, will participate in the nation's first teen Mental Health First Aid pilot program.